Its been a long-awaited event in this part of New York, where Country actually can be heard on FM, but as was announced on our sister site, radioinsight.com, JVC broadcasting launched a new Country format on 96.1 at the stroke of Midnight, January 19, 2011. The change had been slated for 12pm on January 18th, but bad weather forced the flip to be pushed back by 12 hours.
The change was very low key. No announcements beforehand on-air. Simply the normal “John Tesh Radio Show” until just before Midnight, a 5 minute stop-set, a final ‘Legal ID’ as WKJI, then a full :30 seconds of silence. Country then began as a Legal ID of WJVC, and combined sweeper announcing one thousand songs in a row, commercial free.
Here is the flip, including the last half hour or so of the K-JOY AC format, the pause, and the first :45 minutes or so of the new Country format, all scoped down to a total of 16:50.
There was much signal interference due to a temperature inversion at the Airchexx studios, so this is a very noisy recording, but for those who missed it, enjoy!